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Echinacea pallida - Pale Purple Coneflower (Photo H. Zell)

Echinacea pallida

Coneflower - Pale Purple

Pale Purple Coneflower is a prairie native which handles dry sterile East Coast sites well. The tall unusual flowers of Echinacea pallida appear through June and July, and will sporadically rebloom if deadheaded. The flowers have pinkish purple petals (rays) which are pendant from the coppery center cones. The long lance-like leaves are somewhat hairy, which may explain some resistance to deer damage.  The Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly's caterpillars feed on its foliage.  If the flowerheads remain in place to ripen, they will provide food for songbirds and sometimes reseed if the soil conditions are favorable.  Echinacea was first used by Native Americans for treatment of insect stings and bites as well as snake bites. 

Height

36 Inches

Spread

18 Inches

Bloom Color

Lavender/Purple

USDA Hardiness Zone

3
Current Availability
Qty Avail Description Comments Future Crop Future Crop Ready Date
121 Echinacea pallida #1 (NATIVE-pale purple) 200 late June
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Fragrant - Flower
Native
Native - Straight Species
Self-Seeds
Soil Conditions
Average
Dry
Sandy
Bloom Time
Summer
Exposure
Partial Shade/Shade Tolerant
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Pollinators
Tolerance
Clay Soil Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Foliage Color
Green
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Little Bluestem
Northern Sea Oats Chasmanthium latifolium
Northern Sea Oats
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